3-11: 3 Years On

Three years ago, the world saw how devastating a 9.0 earthquake (and the succeeding tsunami) could be. It even struck at the “best” place that it could hit – a place so protected and well-armed against such disasters, no one ever thought something like that could ever happen. Certainly not at that magnitude and scale. What more if it hit elsewhere?

Just overnight, tens of thousands of people died, several thousands were injured, and towns were literally flattened. Up to this day, a couple of thousands are still missing and an uncountable amount of people still in grief and disbelief. The horror must have been truly out of this world.

But, it is not the end of the story. For there is hope. The rebuilding ever since that day has been really exceptional and the support received from all over the world was immense.

To conclude, there’s just one last thing that I wanted to remind all of you. Just… don’t forget! Let it forever be in our memories – a time of destruction and a time of revival. While there is hope, life goes on.

Let me leave you then with my favorite clip as I have posted 2 years ago. がんばって!

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Annual Inspiration Outflow: The Glimmer of A Candlelight

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On March 11, I ended by more-than-a-year’s long hiatus on writing by releasing my new light-novel-to-be, The Glimmer of A Candlelight. It took me more than a year to formulate the idea and come up with a little plot to work with. But after all these time of preparation, it didn’t even took me to at least halfway through the plot. So now, I will have to write under pressure – which is what I hope to be the driving force behind this little project of mine.

Historically, I’ve had a bad habit of writing things up and ending up not finishing it. I still think I can finish this one and I hope that it will lead to another, and another, etc.

So, give me a holler whenever you have feedback, suggestions, questions, and whatnot. Enjoy! 🙂

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It’s My Birthday! – Hanamuke

Before anything else, I can’t believe it’s been more than a month since I last posted something here! I deeply apologize for that. =;=

In other news, I wasn’t able to keep my promise to bring in more content and insight to my blog this year. I think I promised that exactly 1 year ago – but I guess promises really are made to be broken. But I’ll make it up this time around (as in exactly in this post. LOL).

5 years ago, I literally can’t get off my bed because of a stubborn fever that kept me from doing anything else but sleeping. So I grabbed my roommate’s laptop to look for something to pass the time and guess what, I stumbled upon a music blog that’s so eloquently written, it actually motivated to make my own! Hence, the birth of this little space of mine. I initially created this to post updates on Jyukai 樹海, as well as blabber about some fandom rants. Several years since then, this blog actually evolved into a more anime/personal/sports/music/absolutely-whatever oriented blog, which is way better than it initially was. This became my outlet for everything I felt like pouring out to the world when no one seemed to care. At some points in this blog’s timeline, I had actually considered closing this one down. If that was continued, that would have been one of the greatest regrets of my life.

Now that the drama’s out of the way, I’m just looking for more fruitful years with this blog o’ mine, and I really hope to produce more content and thoughts along the way. To all the readers, passers-by, and haters alike, thank you for sticking around! 🙂

Happy Birthday, Hanamuke!

******IN OTHER NEWS******

I have been watching (and re-watching) a lot of Fairy Tail recently – it really has a great story line (as well as plot and twists) for a Shounen manga/anime. Also, a lot of its music has been instantly added to my MP3 list. Fairy Tail boasts a great list of OPs and EDs and it’s a definitely a big plus for me. The animation, voice-overs, and effects are of a great quality too, so I’m finding it hard to spoil myself by reading the manga. I guess I’m sticking with the anime.

I’ve also finally grabbed a copy of Hoshi ni Ou Kodomo, as well as the first few episodes of Little Busters! and Code:Breaker. If I find the time, I’ll definitely be watching them as well.

Lastly, I managed to continue writing down my plot for my light novel, but due to my unstable work conditions, I haven’t restarted again since last Wednesday midnight. Several hours later (of not writing), another 7.3 earthquake struck at the eastern coast of Japan. *sigh* Is this a sign?! But – I will definitely finish it – before 2013 ends, that is. 😛

Please continue to look forward for it.

Ciao for now! 🙂

Preview: The Glimmer of A Candlelight

“The sky is beautiful. I wouldn’t let another day pass without being graced by the warmth of this sunlight.” In that very moment, Riku bowed his head down, prayed with hands firmly clasped, and tears rushed out of his eyes, obviously trying to hold it back.

“What’s wrong, grandpa?” asks his energetic niece, Sakura, who is only about to turn 11 this month. Immediately after asking, she pulls out the white handkerchief from her pocket and wipes his uncle’s tears away. Due to their age difference however, Sakura refers to him as grandpa.

Riku does not immediately respond. In fact, he knew he heard Sakura’s voice, but could not comprehend the words that she said.

He finally uttered the words “Thank you, my dear” in a very low and quiet but firm voice. He paused for a short while before continuing on. “It was… a day… like no other.” The lively Sakura faced him, which made Riku feel even more embarassed. He didn’t want an old man ruin the day of a child who has just arrived from a far away place for a vacation. It just felt wrong. So he stopped.

“Eh? What are you talking about, grandpa? What happened?”

Just when Sakura is about to ask him again, a loud voice was heard from afar. “Oi! You two! Come back to the car now! We’re about to leave!” Sakura replied with enthusiasm, “Yes, dad!”

I really have to let this out. Otherwise, this wouldn’t ever continue again. I have been pondering about this for quite a while now and that it’s out – I MUST FINISH THIS. Please. (Yes, I’m begging to myself. Pathetic, isn’t it?)

Please, please, please look forward to it. I will be releasing more details about what I’m writing as the days fly by (you should be getting more clues from the tags section of this post). Thank you for your patience. 🙂

I can’t believe this has not stopped yet

I will be sharing a post that I have just recently read – but be warned though, as this could ruin your day (as it did mine). Read it here.

I have already expressed my disappointment at such articles in this post’s title. I checked on the “About” page of that blog, and it says that he/she intends to start intellectual conversations via the blog. Really? Intellectual? Not that I would like to defend the Japanese or the ones who made donations to them (may God light your path always), but please, if you’re going to attack something and want it to be intellectual… uhm.. Sigh.. I’m really at a loss for words. Can you please at the very least site some credible sources?

In addition to that, the last comment didn’t help his/her cause one bit. Please keep such comments to yourself.

EDIT: Thankfully, the author has already corrected the post. No harm done.

Technology Tab

#Latest .. no major disaster. All’s well that ends well

Update: 17 hour UTC

Wednesday April 11 2012, 16:04:24 UTC     59 minutes ago     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra 5.1 magnitude
its been off for almost an hour now. Good news!

Update:  13:42:44 UTC 

Aftershock continues, Northern Sumatra quake on 11th April 2012,

After shock continues varying from 11:28:59 UTC till 13:19:36 UTC. Most scaling over 5 magnitude
The initial two shocks has coerced at 08:38:30 UTC and 10:43:09 UTC both lasting for over two minutes
Tsunami watch issued for:
Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Myanmar, Thailand, Maldives, British Indian Ocean territories, Malaysia, Mauritius, Reunion, Seychelles, Pakistan, Somalia, Oman, Madagascar, Iran, UAE, Yemen, Comoros, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya, Crozet Islands, Kerguelen Islands, South Africa, Singapore

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Major Earthquake Trend?

1. Feb. 27, 2010 – magnitude 8.8 quake in Chile. 188 days later…
2. Sept. 23, 2010 – magnitude 7.0 quake in New Zealand. 189 days later…
3. March 11, 2011 – magnitude 9.0 quake in Japan. 188 days later…
4. Sept. 15, 2011 – magnitude 7.3 quake in Fiji. 187 days later…
5. March 20, 2012 – magnitude 7.9 quake in Mexio. 188 days later…
6. Sept. 24, 2012 – ?

Unsurprisingly, all these areas lie in the Pacific Ring of Fire. Whether these are all just uncanny coincidence or in fact a trend, it is better to be prepared. But the question is, how?